Fishermen's Cottages and Other Houses on the Beach at Hastings
William Henry Hunt (British, London 1790–1864 London)
Sheet: 4 1/2 × 9 7/16 in. (11.5 × 24 cm)
Purchase, Brooke Russell Astor Bequest, 2013
Not on view
Hunt lived in Hastings during the latter decades of his career and here sketched fishermen’s huts on the beach, capturing the forms with a fresh range of colored washes combined with pen and ink. The subject is unusual for the artist, who normally worked assiduously on detailed genre pieces and still-lives for exhibition and to sell to clients. He likely made this drawing of humble wooden structures with pinkish roofs, divided by picket fences, for his own pleasure.
R. E. Alton, M.C. (British, 1919–2003); Christie's, London, South Kensington, May 29, 2012, lot 787; W.S Fine Art Ltd. / Andrew Wyld (London); Christie's, London, South Kensington, 18 July 2012, lot 808; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
Christie's, South Kensington Interiors: Andrew Wyld: Connoisseur Dealer, Part II. Sale cat. July 18, 2012, lot 808, p. 123.